n. pl. Hmong or Hmongs
a. A member of any of various Hmong-Mien-speaking peoples of southern China and Southeast Asia, including the Hmong Daw and the Mong.
b. A person of Hmong ancestry.
c. Any of the Hmong-Mien languages of spoken by the Hmong.
2. See Hmong Daw.
[Hmong Hmoob (with oo spelling nasalized o and final b indicating high level tone ).]
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